Friday, October 27, 2006

Other stars come out against Michael J. Fox

Interesting... Patricia Heaton is leading the charge and it's all about a Missouri voter initiative, Ammendment 2.

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to allow and set limitations on stem cell research, therapies, and cures which will:

  • ensure Missouri patients have access to any therapies and cures, and allow Missouri researchers to conduct any research, permitted under federal law;
  • ban human cloning or attempted cloning;
  • require expert medical and public oversight and annual reports on the nature and purpose of stem cell research;
  • impose criminal and civil penalties for any violations; and
  • prohibit state or local governments from preventing or discouraging lawful stem cell research, therapies and cures?

Doesn't sound too bad. Here's Michael J. Fox's ad that's he's got running in Missouri. It's in supposrt of the Domicratic candidate, Claire McCaskill because of her stance for stem cell research.

And here's the ad Patricia Heaton, Jim Caviezel, Jeff Suppan, Kurt Warner, and Mike Sweeney appear in to urge voters to vote against Constitutional Ammendment 2 for stem cell research.

Now reading through the ammendment, I don't think this is that bad a bill. It would "ensure that Missouri patients have access to stem cell therapies and cures, that Missouri researchers can conduct stem cell research in the state, and that all such research is conducted safely and ethically, any stem cell research permitted under federal law may be conducted in Missouri, and any stem cell therapies and cures permitted under federal law may be provided to patients in Missouri, subject to the requirements of federal law and only the following additional limitations and requirements." Those additional limitation are that it would ban human cloning, ban ferilization simply for the purpose of creating stem cells to harvest, removal of human fertilized blastocyst (aka. embryo) must take place within the first 14 days of fertilization, and bans people from selling their blastocysts (embryos).

The Patricia Heaton ad unfortunately appears to be wrong. The bill flat out says in it's first condition that "(1) no person may clone or attempt to clone a human being" and that "(4) no person may, for valuable consideration, purchase or sell human blastocysts or eggs for stem cell research or stem cell therapies and cures." The ad mentions making human cloning a constitutional right, but how can it do that and ban it at the same time? The ad talks discusses low income women selling their eggs for money, but the verbage in the ammendment says no selling eggs or blastocysts for profit. How can it ban it and allow it at the same time?

Now I think it's overkill to make this a constitutional ammendment. Why is it necessary to do that as opposed to a regular proposition. Ammedning the constitution makes me nervous and seems unnecessary.

But anyone with more info on this please leave a comment. I'd love to learn more about the ammendment...

UPDATE @ 4:18pm: Heard this on Hugh Hewitt and it's a good point. Fox paints Talent as against all stem cell research when he's just against embryonic stem cell research.

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